The 57th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology at Callaway Gardens in Georgia, wrapped up last weekend with two new course records.
In women’s events 16-year-old Anna Gay, representing the United States, claimed her first Masters Tricks professional title, setting a new course record of 10,010 points.
Nautique athlete Natallia Berdnikava, who represented Belarus, placed second, scoring 9,420 points, followed by U.S.-based Alex Laurentano in third.
Regina Jaquess, also of the United States, took home the slalom win, followed by Nautique athlete Clementine Lucine, of France, and Manon Costard, also of France.
Defending masters jump champion and Nautique athlete Jacinta Carroll of Australia set a new course record of 188 feet to claim her third title; Regina Jaquess and Nancy Chardin, both of France, rounded out the podium.
In the men’s rounds, Nautique skier Aliaksei Zharnasek, of Belarus, scored 12,020 points. Team Nautique athlete Josh Briant, of Australia, placed second, and Franck Desboyaux, of France, came in third.
In a heated final round of men’s slalom, Nautique athlete Nate Smith of the United States took his third masters win; Will Asher of Great Britain was second, and Stephen Neveu of Canada took third.
It doesn’t get any closer than the men’s jump final with Freddy Krueger of the USA going 233 feet — or 71.1 meters — for the win, just edging out Nautique’s Ryan Dodd, of Canada, who jumped 233 feet — 70.9 meters. Bojan Schipner, of Germany, took the third spot with a jump of 229 feet, or 69.7 meters.
In the slalom head-to-head competition, Big Dawg World Tour Champion Jeff Rodgers won the Masters Big Dawg Final Four head to head against Ben Favret.
Junior masters slalom competitor Ryan Canepa of the United States competed in the 2016 Masters Andy Mapple Memorial Scholarship head-to-head exhibition against Robert Hazelwood, of Great Britain.
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